No living person is behind the most followed account on Instagram. Officially, the company itself has the most followers at 84 million, but that’s kind of a given. Similar to Tom on Myspace, Instagram users automatically follow account when they join. It’s up to you to unfollow them if you want. But after that the most followed people on Instagram are for some very famous names.
What follows are the top 20 most followed Instagram accounts (after @Instagam, of course).
If you enjoy travel fails (that aren’t your own, of course), this Insta account exposes the grossest, most inexplicable behaviors seen by flight attendants and other crew members around the world. They’ve even helpfully collected the most awful entries on a bingo card, with spots for bare feet, unflushed toilets and passengers in, shall we say, inappropriate attire. If you’ve ever been stuck next to a seat hog, you’ll chuckle in knowing recognition — and if not, consider this a warning of what might await you on your next flight.
The same compulsive honesty and quirky humor that make the Girls creator so interesting (and divisive) are on full view in her Instagram account. Amid the usual photos of her dog, boyfriend (Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff) and besties — normal Insta stuff — are more candid shots, like a close-up of a potentially suspicious mole and photos from the set of her HBO show. It’s a behind-the-scenes look into the life of one of pop culture’s most compelling young voices — one who’s also not afraid of using her fame to amplify causes she holds dear, like reproductive rights, Instagram commenters be damned.
When the rap queen said “Instagram, another flawless pic” on Beyoncé’s “Flawless (Remix),” she wasn’t kidding. Every photo Nicki Minaj shares is as perfect as she promises, showing off her impeccable fashion sense, pristine make-up and enviable lifestyle. Minaj has proven that she has a keen sense of her own fandom, posting the many memes that have been made of her and her lyrics, including several hilarious remakes of her “Anaconda” cover art.
Photo blogger Brandon Stanton has become one of the Internet’s best-known shutterbugs thanks to his ongoing street-portrait series. His loosely posed shots of strangers he encounters on the sidewalks of New York City, each paired with a quote from the subject, offer surprising insights into everyday lives. Sometimes it’s an old couple cuddling on a park bench, or a bricklayer’s hands, or a mystery man in a bizarre headdress; always, there’s more to the story than meets the eye.
Black Keys drummer Pat Carney is known for having a somewhat odd and totally brilliant sense of humor, and @officerpatrickcarney confirms as much. His Instagram is populated with demented amateur re-imaginings of Carney as Kim Kardashian, Charles Manson and Judge Judy rocking Google Glass and sassy pics of Vanilla Ice in his Nineties finery. There are also police sketches, clowns and lots and lots of Jello molds thrown in for good measure.
A backstage look at how the most consistently unpredictable comedy program of the past 40 years gets made, Saturday Night Live’s Instagram offers a sometimes hilarious, often earnest look at every episode. More than 40 pictures chronicled this season’s Scarlett Johansson-hosted installment, documenting the side-stage makeup table the night before,Bobby Moynihan eating a bagel on the day of the show, the wig department, Kate McKinnon getting into her full Bieber getup, characters mid-broadcast, Wiz Khalifa in action and much more.
As much as we enjoy being inspired, titillated and amused by Instagram, there are some times when we just want one thing: cute animal photos, and lots of them. For that, look no further than the Cats and Dogs of Instagram accounts, with each one offering a wonderfully curated feed of nothing more than, well, cat and dog photos.
It is a universally acknowledged truth that a single man in possession of a Tinder account must be a creep. And the gents whose missives are submitted to Tinder Nightmares (which became popular enough to garner a book deal) make Mr. Darcy seem like the sweetest guy in the world: terrible pick-up lines, gross sexual requests and weirdly brutal honesty are all par for the course.
@classicwrestling essentially powerbombs your Instagram feed with images of the greatest and most demented characters from the sport’s history. What could be better than absentmindedly scrolling through post after post of your next-door neighbor’s new cockapoo, only to be confronted with a pic of, say, a frenzied, green-haired Doink the Clown attempting to rip Bret “The Hitman” Hart’s leg from his body with his signature Stump Puller finisher?
Just what you think it is (unless you think it’s men named Richard or members of the Tea Party). Bless Instagram for un-banning this site, which was clearly the only reasonable thing to do considering that these images — of mustaches, bruises, scabs, cat tails, pantyhose runs, gum bubbles, ice flows, excrement, latticework, cigarette smoke, rocket exhaust, cacti, and all manner of landscape — can’t help their resemblance to the male twig and its accompanying berries.
With tongue firmly in cheek, the Star Wars feed features a lively mix of set photos from the old days, impressive fan creations and nerd-baiting glimpses into what’s going on behind the scenes in the upcoming movie. And who doesn’t love a nice throwback Lando?
Actor/part-time pro wrestler extraordinaire Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is like the Tony Little you always wish you had. If being up at 5 a.m. every morning to make your thighs look like this leads to photo ops like this and shares in the biggest box-office hits of this millennium, suddenly hashtag mantras à la #JustGottaGoWithIt seem more inspirational than insipid. But mostly, it’s just fun to live through this guy — who’s both enjoying and paining-and-gaining through his profile as one of pop culture’s most entertaining and prolific performers — in pictures.
Living a life that falls somewhere between a teenage boy’s fantasy and that of a James Bond villain, Dan Bilzerian has attracted nearly 10 million Instagram followers by flaunting his wealthy bad-boy exploits. A professional poker player who describes himself as a millionaire, playboy and “sexual philanthropist” Bilzerian loves to show off his expensive cars, mountains of cash, “crowd-rafting” escapades at Steve Aoki concerts and pricey watches.
The iconoclast British graffiti artist may have dabbled in gallery shows and filmmaking, but his true canvas remains the streets, walls and doorways of cities around the world. And Banksy’s Instagram is the simplest way to keep up with his latest pieces — and maybe even to seek them out in person before some jerk whitewashes them. His visually loaded works are posted with no more information than their city or neighborhood. Last year he was hard at work in New York, leaving the Upper West Side a destructive shadow child and Queens a deathly Sphynx. Most recently, his haunting images have been spotted in Gaza.
For sheer wow factor, the official Instagram of outer space takes the cosmic cake. NASA does a stellar job of reminding us how awe-inspiring life, the universe and everything is with jaw-dropping photos captured by the various spacecraft we’ve sent out into the vacuum. And the shots sure as hell put things in perspective, running the gamut from distant galaxies photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope to stunning images of Earth snapped by astronauts in orbit — absolutely no filters necessary.
Beyoncé pays as close attention to the visuals associated with her work as her music, so it’s no wonder that Instagram is the social-media platform she’s taken to updating regularly. Her account is a gorgeous stream of her lavish vacations, sweet family life and favorite things alongside subtle announcements about her career and public image. For many, a simple video she posted with the caption “Surprise!” was the first indication that she had dropped a new album on iTunes. And who else can send the web into a fervor by previewing her outfit for an event before she even shows up to the red carpet, like she did for the 2015 Met Gala?
Even the most relaxed travelers might experience pre-flight anxiety after looking through the Transportation Security Administration’s account. Most of the feed is devoted to photos of the items the TSA has confiscated from luggage at various airports — and the only proper reaction to it is WTF?!? The items go beyond full-size bottles of shampoo; we’re talking about a hatchet and brass knuckles, loaded handguns, live eels and a shocking number of batarangs. And that’s just the stuff the TSA actually catches. It’s utterly fascinating, and — if we’re being honest — a little terrifying.
There were six months of darkness in the world when Rihanna quit Instagram following the brief suspension of her account for posting photos from a topless magazine spread. But then BadGalRiRi returned stronger and badder than ever, giving us the unapologetically cool pics that make her account so legendary. Rihanna’s can’t-give-a-fuck realness is singular. From vacation shots to party photos to endless ‘grams of her infant cousin Majesty, the singer has her 19 million followers wrapped around her finger.